The Best Children’s Books of All Time

The Ultimate List of 163 Most Popular Children’s books according to WorldCat (The World’s Largest Library Catalog)

The list is ranked by number of library holdings

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll | Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore | Garfield by Jim Davis | Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain | Aesop’s Fables by Aesop | Arabian Nightsby Unknown | Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift | Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe | Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens | Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson | Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm | Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott | Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank | Peanuts by Charles M. Shultz | Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame | Black Beauty by Anna Sewell | Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas | Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson | Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne | Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi | Heidi by Johanna Spyri | Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain | Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain | Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery | Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson | Tale of Peter Rabbitby Beatrix Potter | Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne | Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry | Fables by Jean de La Fontaine | Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco | Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie | Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling | Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis | Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev | White Fang by Jack London | Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling | Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling | Kim by Rudyard Kipling | Wrinkle in Timeby Madeleine L’Engle | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling | Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss | Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling | Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling | Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis | Goodnight Moonby Margaret Wise Brown | Hatchet by Gary Paulsen | Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle | Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor | Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear | Charlie and the Chocolate Factoryby Roald Dahl | Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson | Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans | Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll | Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak | Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt | Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge | Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey | Tree Grows in Brooklynby Betty Smith | Horse and his Boy by C. S. Lewis | Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss | Last Battle by C. S. Lewis | Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis | Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper | Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving | Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina | James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl | Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth | Red Pony by John Steinbeck | Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery | Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer | Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink | Stuart Little by E. B. White | Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder | Number the Stars by Lois Lowry | Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis | Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder | Holes by Louis Sachar | Outsiders by S. E. Hinton | Sounder by William Howard Armstrong | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling | Paul Revere’s Rideby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Giver by Lois Lowry | Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary | From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg | Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan | Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume | House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne | Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare | Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell | Curious George by H. A. Rey | Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving | Three Little Pigs by Unknown | Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George | Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford | Cricket in Times Square by George Selden | Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin | Cinderella by Charles Perrault | Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen | Watership Down by Richard Adams | Jacob Have I Lovedby Katherine Paterson | Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary | Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor | Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig | Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss | Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf | Mysterious Island by Jules Verne | Old Yeller by Fred Gipson | King of the Windby Marguerite Henry | Summer of the Swans by Betsy Cromer Byars | Prince Caspian the Return to Narnia by C. S. Lewis | Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen | My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George | Slave Dancerby Paula Fox | Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon | Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter | Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman | Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers | Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry | Old Mother Hubbardby Sarah Catherine Martin | On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder | Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume | Chocolate War by Robert Cormier | Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown | Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen | Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary | Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls | Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery | Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks | Superfudge by Judy Blume | Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter | Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford | Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt | Hansel and Gretel by Unknown | Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish | Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien | Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault | Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli | Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen | Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh | Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin | Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst | Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster | Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren | Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary | Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg | House that Jack Built by Unknown | Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt | Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary | Matilda by Roald Dahl | Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema | Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen | Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease | Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff | Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein | Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White | Borrowers by Mary Norton | Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson | Hero and the Crownby Robin McKinley | Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck | Farmer Boyby Laura Ingalls Wilder | Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey |